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Good Question: Why Is Eric Holder In Charge Of Investigation Of Eric Holder Spying On Journalists?

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We noted earlier that President Obama has expressed concern about the chilling effects his own administration has caused on investigative reporting by aggressively spying on journalists reporting on government actions, even to the point of accusing some of being co-conspirators and/or using the Espionage Act against whistleblowers and reporters. That...
Good Question: Why Is Eric Holder In Charge Of Investigation Of Eric Holder Spying On Journalists?

California notifies app developers of privacy law non-compliance

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Notices will be sent out to developers of up to 100 mobile apps that are not compliant with California privacy law, starting with those who have the most popular apps available on mobile platforms, the office of the state's attorney general Kamala D. Harris said Tuesday....
California notifies app developers of privacy law non-compliance

Google Pays A Total Of $7M To 37 U.S. States To Settle Street View WiFi Data Collection Case

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After a week of rumors, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise anymore, but Google today settled the privacy case brought against it by 37 and the District of Columbia. In total, Google will pay $7 million dollars, a number that isn’t going to cause a lot of sleepless nights...
Google Pays A Total Of $7M To 37 U.S. States To Settle Street View WiFi Data Collection Case

Mobile app companies agree to CA rules on privacy policies

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California’s Attorney General announced a deal Wednesday with six major mobile apps companies that would require apps in their stores and on their platforms to post privacy policies detailing how they collect personal information before they are downloaded. The agreement comes as concern over how mobile companies use that information...
Mobile app companies agree to CA rules on privacy policies

EU wants clarity from US on PRISM spying program

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Over the past week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has insisted that the organization’s PRISM data collection program is only being used to target the communications of non-US citizens outside the country. That’s not very comforting for non-US citizens outside the country. So it should come as no...
EU wants clarity from US on PRISM spying program
Delta Air Lines app first to fall foul of California privacy policy law

Court rules Kim Dotcom can sue New Zealand spy agency

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Country's attorney general had sought to have the agency excluded from the MegaUpload founder's lawsuit. [Read more]...
Court rules Kim Dotcom can sue New Zealand spy agency

Justice Dept. sues Apple, publishers over e-book prices

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The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday it was suing Apple and five major publishers, alleging they colluded to keep the price of e-books artifically high. “As a result of this alleged conspiracy, we believe that consumers paid millions of dollars more for some of the most popular titles,” U.S. Attorney...
Justice Dept. sues Apple, publishers over e-book prices

iPhone App Maker Sued For Allegedly Selling Private Data On Kindergartners

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A California-based app developer is facing legal action for reportedly taking children's information and selling it without parental permission. New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa filed Wednesday a lawsuit against 24x7digital LLC, claiming the company collects information about children — including their names and a code that can be used...
iPhone App Maker Sued For Allegedly Selling Private Data On Kindergartners

Facebook boy-with-gun pic: Governor wants investigation

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The governor of New Jersey has asked the state's attorney general to look into what happened when child-protection services and police arrived at the house of a man who posted a Facebook picture of his 11-year-old son with a rifle. [Read more]...
Facebook boy-with-gun pic: Governor wants investigation

White House lays out guidelines to mitigate cyber attack

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As expected, the Obama administration announced its plan to curtail the increasing theft of US trade and military secrets. The response is wide-ranging but a limited response to the growing problem of cyber theft and espionage. While the buildup to the strategy focused on China, the country was not specifically...
White House lays out guidelines to mitigate cyber attack

Australian Spies Want To Hack Tor After Realizing It Routes Around Their Surveillance

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One of the key flaws with the data retention schemes being proposed by the UK and elsewhere, supposedly to catch terrorists and serious criminals, is that they won't work. It is trivially easy to avoid surveillance by using encrypted connections, for example those provided by The Onion Router (Tor)....
Australian Spies Want To Hack Tor After Realizing It Routes Around Their Surveillance
Sprint: New York tax fraud lawsuit 'is without merit'

Google, Facebook and Twitter ordered to remove pictures claiming to show James Bulger killer

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Police action comes after the Attorney General warned that anyone who posted pictures of the killers online would face prosecution....
Google, Facebook and Twitter ordered to remove pictures claiming to show James Bulger killer
Senator John Cornyn accuses Eric Holder of prosecuting Aaron Swartz as 'retaliation'

Norwegian Terrorist Anders Breivik: My Biggest Influence Was Wikipedia

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Anders Breivik has been testifying all day, explaining his personal history and his motives for slaughtering 77 people in a spectacular and horrifying bomb, and shooting attack in Norway last year.   David Blair reports for The Telegraph that the questioning in the trial has moved onto Breivik's ideology: What was...
Norwegian Terrorist Anders Breivik: My Biggest Influence Was Wikipedia

DOJ Signs New Rules To Let Intelligence Officials Access, Store And Search More Info About US Citizens

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Remember earlier this week when the NSA's boss Keith Alexander tried to shoot down reports that it was storing and datamining all sorts of communications info about Americans (despite a mandate that says the NSA can't spy on Americans?). Yeah. So then there's this news: The Obama administration is moving...
DOJ Signs New Rules To Let Intelligence Officials Access, Store And Search More Info About US Citizens

Sprint Gets SEC Subpoena Tied to Sales Tax

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Sprint Nextel Corp. said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its probe over the wireless carrier’s collection of state and local taxes. The SEC’s investigation follows a suit filed against Sprint by New York’s attorney general in April, seeking $300 million for...
Sprint Gets SEC Subpoena Tied to Sales Tax

Apple, Google Pressed by N.Y. Over Handheld Device Thefts

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Apple, Google Pressed by N.Y. Over Handheld Device Thefts: Hard to tell which is dumber: the article or New York's Attorney General. It sure sounds like he's not going to be happy until every smartphone is a remote detonation device. And if that happened, he'd probably sue the companies for making...
Apple, Google Pressed by N.Y. Over Handheld Device Thefts

Charles Carreon Keeps Digging & Digging: Inman And IndieGoGo Hit Back

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Well, they don't call it the Carreon Effect for nothing. The lawyer who keeps on digging has decided to... keep on digging. Last week he filed an amended complaint pretty quickly after his original complaint -- specifically with the goal of adding California's Attorney General to the case. Why? Well,...
Charles Carreon Keeps Digging & Digging: Inman And IndieGoGo Hit Back

Eric Holder Claims Terrorists Are Involved In 'IP Theft'

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You may have heard about a fair bit about Attorney General Eric Holder testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. He was -- quite reasonably -- raked over the coals by members of both parties for the incredible decision to obtain phone records from AP reporters, under very...
Eric Holder Claims Terrorists Are Involved In 'IP Theft'

Google Settles Privacy Case for $7M

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The Internet giant settles after being sued for harvesting private data via its Street View vehicles. Google will pay $7 million to settle a Street View privacy case brought against it by 37 states and the District of Columbia. The company was accused of collecting private Wi-Fi payload data...
Google Settles Privacy Case for $7M

Attorney general Eric Holder defends Aaron Swartz case

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The nation's top law enforcement officer finds nothing to criticize in the controversial prosecution of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide months before his criminal trial was scheduled to begin. [Read more]...
Attorney general Eric Holder defends Aaron Swartz case

Cybersecurity Bill: Protecting Us From Attacks... Or Keeping Our Own Attacks Secret?

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We've been discussing the fight in the Senate over the latest version of the Cybersecurity Act. One of the things we mentioned is that, at 211-pages, it's quite likely there are a ton of little "easter egg" gems in there that the public doesn't want or need, but which we'll...
Cybersecurity Bill: Protecting Us From Attacks... Or Keeping Our Own Attacks Secret?

Portugal: File Sharing For Personal Use Is Legal And IP Addresses Are Not People

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In a move that should remind you of Spain's ruling that personal file-sharing was legal, before America's entertainment industry helpfully wrote the Spanish people a new law (wait...what!!?!?), file-sharing for personal use has been declared legal in Portugal. How could something so monumental happen, you wonder? Well, funny story: the...
Portugal: File Sharing For Personal Use Is Legal And IP Addresses Are Not People

Google, Facebook And Twitter Ordered To Delete Photos By UK Law Enforcement

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It seems that, once again, the UK is going censorship crazy and not realizing how that only attacts more attention to that which they're trying to censor. This time, it involves some photos that were posted online of one Jon Venables, who at the age of 10, murdered 2-year old...
Google, Facebook And Twitter Ordered To Delete Photos By UK Law Enforcement

NY AG Sues Sprint for Allegedly Under-collecting $100 Million in Taxes

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New York state's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Sprint Nextel, alleging that the mobile provider has deliberately under-collected US$100 million......
NY AG Sues Sprint for Allegedly Under-collecting $100 Million in Taxes

Brazil sues Twitter users over speed trap and traffic tweets

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As Brazil's attorney general files an injunction to block tweets and suspend accounts of Twitter users warning people about speed traps, the question is will Twitter work with the Brazilian government and use its new tweet removal policy?...
Brazil sues Twitter users over speed trap and traffic tweets

Dotcom Given Green Light to Sue Kiwi Spies, But Evidence to be Withheld

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In June 2012 the police search and seizure raids against Kim Dotcom and other alleged members of the so-called ‘Mega Conspiracy’ were deemed to have been carried out illegally. Two months later in August it came to light that a Kiwi spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, had been...
Dotcom Given Green Light to Sue Kiwi Spies, But Evidence to be Withheld

Attempt to grab climate scientists' e-mails rejected by Virginia Supreme Court

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The climate researcher Michael Mann last worked at the University of Virginia in 2005, but his past employment has continued to haunt him. Virginia's attorney general, Kenneth Cuccinelli decided that, in the wake of some of Mann's work e-mails being released, he'd like to see more of them. So,...
Attempt to grab climate scientists' e-mails rejected by Virginia Supreme Court
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